Redditor Mawntee shared this video. He killed a spider and was amazed by this worm-like thing coming out of it! It is hard to distinguish whether it is fascinating or disgusting!
However, Redditors quickly identified the creature as a parasite called Mermithid Worm and were also good enough to give information about the amazingly bizarre phenomenon witnessed after the spider’s death!
A link that was shared explainedMermithid worms to be ‘internal parasites whose infective larvae enter spiders directly or via ingested food. Once inside the spider, the tiny worm obtains nourishment from its hosts body…’ They feed from the host until it is weak enough not to carry on, but strangely and amazingly enough, before the insect dies, it tries to reach a water body so that the parasite is able to survive by finding another life source!
Amazing isn’t it?